Govt insincere in solving influx issue: NGOs

De-sanctioning of Umling entry point ‘depicts insincerity of govt’ to solve influx

SHILLONG, Oct 2: Pressure groups of the state demanding for setting up of a comprehensive mechanism to check unabated influx into Meghalaya has expressed their distress at reports of de-sanctioning of the proposed entry point at Umling, Ri Bhoi district.

“Such a blatant act depicts the insincerity of the state government in solving the complex influx issue which had been plaguing the state even before its inception,” the pressure groups said in a press statement.

The pressure groups has also demanded an immediate explanation to this de-sanctioning of the Umling entry point, stating that it is a vital check point considering its location is the gateway to the state.

They stated that the much awaited Entry and Exit Points, are a condition of the Meghalaya Residents’ Safety and Security Act 2016, which was a result of the prolonged and thorough negotiations and deliberations between the successive governments led by the then Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma and later Conrad Sangma.

According to the pressure groups time and again they have demanded a time frame for the full completion of the entry and exit points, especially those included in the first phase, from the government.

According to them the government is dilly-dallying the matter and cannot give a clear picture on this contentious issue and suddenly out of the blue, it de-sanctioned the entry point at Umling.

They wondered if this is an initial move to do away with all the proposed entry and exit points in the state.

“The NGOs would like to know at the earliest, is the government committed in addressing the influx issue? Will it be necessary for the NGOs to take matter into their own hands? Because if this is the situation then the NGOs will be compelled to react so as to ensure that the microscopic indigenous communities are not engulfed by major immigrant communities,” the pressure groups said.

Similarly the pressure groups sought to know about the status of the ILP resolution adopted by the state’s Assembly in December 19, 2019.

“How much is the progress till date? Is there any ongoing talk with the Central Government? In December 2019, Amit Shah categorically stated that things will be resolved after Christmas for Meghalaya,” the pressure groups said.